Picking up the pieces: Riverside Community Health Project

Riverside Community Health Project has been fighting inequalities since the 1980s but is now inundated by those falling through the gaps in provision, says Sarah Hunter ‘Local authorities, in partnership with key stakeholders, must work together to create a collective, political and cultural acknowledgement that social growth and poverty prevention are as important as economic growth.’ So wrote Amy Grace in her article in New Start last month. Amy’s sentence took me back – to the early 1980s and to the Black Report, a document which acquired almost biblical status as a reference point for community development workers everywhere who knew, but often struggled to evidence, the links between health and economic inequality. Its conclusion was radical: health inequalities (which, despite the existence of the NHS since 1948, were widening) were less about NHS provision and more about income levels, education, housing, diet, employment and working conditions. Riverside emerged in … (To read more, subscribe below)

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